Sallie Clark, right, gives a "high-five" to campaign manager Kay Rendleman as early results show her retaining her El Paso County Commissioner District 3 seat Tuesday, November 6, 2012 at the Doubletree Hotel in Colorado Springs, Colo. Photo by Mark Reis, The Gazette Photo by MARK REIS, THE GAZETTE

Pikes Peak Women, a group that’s led the discussion on local, state and national issues in the region since 2011, now is working to get more women to run for public office.

The organization held the first of three skills-building workshops — called Run, Girl, Run — last week, engaging already serving in elected office with about 45 who might aspire to do so.

A second event is planned for Oct. 28 at the Pikes Peaks Area Council of Governments office, 14 S. Seventh St. in Colorado Springs. To register, contact the organizers at PikesPeakwmn@gmail.com.

Details of a third session still are being worked out based on responses and questions that arise from the first two.

Former El Paso County commissioner Sallie Clark, a former president of the National Association of Counties, led last week’s forum with a presentation on the rich history of women in Colorado government.

Although the county is heavily Republican, the effort to bring more women into politics is nonpartisan, said organizer Karole Campbell.

The first session was “definitely people of multiple stripes,” she told Colorado Politics.

The training focuses on what a prospective candidate needs to understand, the relationships they’ll need to cultivate and the obstacles they’ll have to overcome.

“We believe it’s important to provide women both the encouragement and inspiration to run, as well as the hands-on nuts and bolts of running a campaign,” Campbell said in a statement.

“The progression of events will dig deeper into the actual structure of running a political campaign. We are so excited to help launch the next generation of female elected leadership through this series.”

Among those helping women in the first go around were county commissioner Cami Bremer, Colorado Springs City Councilwomen Yolanda Avila and Jill Gaebler, state Reps. Terri Carver and Lois Landgraf, School District 11 board members Julie Ott and Elaine Naleski, Green Mountain Falls Mayor Jane Newberry, former Manitou Springs Mayors Marcy Morrison and Nicole Nicoletta, former Colorado Springs Mayor Mary Lou Makepeace, and former Colorado Springs Councilwomen Jan Martin and Brandy Williams.

“Women need to be asked and encouraged to run,” Makepeace said in a statement. “Women don’t necessarily see the pathway without support from the community and from mentors who provide insight and experience.”

Learn more about the organization at pikespeakwomen.com.

Contact Joey Bunch at joey.bunch@coloradopolitics.com

Contact Joey Bunch at joey.bunch@coloradopolitics.com or follow him on Twitter @joeybunch.

Colorado Politics senior political reporter

Joey Bunch is the senior correspondent and deputy managing editor of Colorado Politics. His 32-year career includes the last 16 in Colorado. He was part of the Denver Post team that won the Pulitzer Prize in 2013 and he is a two-time finalist.

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